A source of delight and comfort suitable for both mums and Dads. provide positive results in managing dementia care. help explore common feelings and emotions in those who have difficulty in expressing themselves
Empathy Dolls are now an accepted use by the Care Industry to give a parent comfort and joy. Being a parent is obviously a major part of someone’s life experience. The joy and challenges of parenting being very memorable.
These childhood years are so memorable which often means it’s these long term memories fade slowest which probably explains why Empathy Dolls can work so well.
As is often the case, cheapest isn’t always best. These two reports from the BBC discuss the use of Doll in Dementia therapy.
Both are now old and at a time when the benefits of Empathy Dolls were only becoming apparent. What wasn’t realised then was what type of Empathy Doll would be suitable. In fact, there weren’t any Empathy Dolls available at that time.
Nowadays experts use the term “living with” Dementia or Alzheimers rather than “suffering from”. It’s an important difference.
Just because the parent is losing or has lost some abilities to communicate as they once did does not mean that they have become children again. In fact, they may exhibit behaviour we relate to children but they are very much an adult person with all the memories and experience they have accumulated.
Why then, would anyone give a childs doll, found in a toyshop to a parent. It is both demeaning and inappropriate.
Be careful with Dolls that make a noise as they could cause distress
In fact, there are very good reasons we created Dementia Dolls.
There is little evidence that a Parent with later stages Dementia can tell the difference between life like, plastic and our dolls when they look at the face. However other models are not necessarily going to be safe for your parent.
All our dolls are made in a soft polyester fleece to feel warm and comfortable. The bottom is firmly weighted which allows the dolls to sit comfortable and feel realistic in someone’s arms. That a very important distinction from “toy dolls”. The eyes and facial structures of outwoodcares dementia dolls are what makes them stand out from other dolls. It is no secret that their popularity is because of their cheerful and lifelike appearance. It takes about 100 different hand movements to make one single doll.
Be careful with child dolls- Some people with Dementia eat the hair
Frequently, a mum and dad will care for one of our Dementia Dolls just like their own child for hours on end. Then, fling the Dementia Doll across the room and ignore it. Sometimes the parent ends up tearing the doll apart. The next day, the parent is back to caring for their Dementia Doll in a loving and caring way. Such is the effect Dementia or Alzheimers can have.
So our Dementia Dolls are CE marked and guaranteed for safety having been tested according to safety regulations.
Sue, a leading carer with over 25 years experience in Care homes writes:
“Dementia Dolls: I recently experienced the positive effect an dementia doll can have on an individual. Elsie, living within a dementia care facility, had become increasingly afraid of taking a bath or shower. Her daughter had bought a dementia doll, knowing her mother cherished the babies born into the family, so we tried to incorporate the bath-time of baby into Elsie’s daily routine. Washing the ‘baby’, singing lullabies and settling it down for the night relaxed Elsie. Singing those same songs and keeping a calm atmosphere we took Elsie for a warm bubble bath. And we have never looked back! Elsie is still enjoying a bath; her daughter is delighted her mother is now bathing; and the doll? Well it is a bit soggy and worn, but still well-loved.”
Apart from a lovely experience for Elsie, its also important to note that you as her carer need support too. Caring for and enjoying one of our Dementia Dolls is both a relaxing and rewarding experience for both you and your Mum & dad. Its a good way to recharge both you and their batteries for what often is a very stressful time.
So, as a fire protection engineer and having worked in both residential, and nursing care homes, I was originally surprised, even upset, to see the in-patients cuddling knitted dolls and animals. It’s now been over two years since our mum was diagnosed with dementia and I gave up my job to care for her. However now, but more sadly, she has reached the point where her hallucinations are her reality and she fluctuates from being extremely distressed to wanting her baby son ‘Martin’; and the constant appeal for her baby ‘Martin’, who had ‘gone missing’, got us thinking. As our mum lives in her own house, with private carers, our decision was to invested in Emil from outwoodcare which upon arrival was, discreetly, left it on mum’s sofa – the response was bizarre. It triggered two responses one, that her half understanding that this was a ‘doll’ seemed to be outweighed by her two, then talking to it as if it were real? Please understand, it’s not a miracle cure for her distress, but it has provided us with the ‘baby’ to enable us to distract her from some of her nastier visions. At the point of writing this review we seem to have crossed another bridge, there will be many more, but the investment in Emil seems to have proved beneficial, so far. We wish you well.
Our Dementia Dolls are Designed for Dementia. All dolls can be machine washed, all clothes should be hand washed.
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